Returning from a hamstring injury,
Tovar hadn't made an appearance since getting a hit in his only at-bat last Friday. The hamstring injury was deemed to be minor last week but the team decided to play it safe with Tovar.
Buehrle, who will be 35 years old when the regular season begins, is out to prove his struggles last season were not a reflection of his age and wear-and-tear on his arm. He managed a 12-10 record, but his 4.15 ERA was his second-highest since 2006.
Making his first appearance in a week,
Tejada missed the past week while dealing with a tight hamstring, making Friday's game his second of the spring. He's 0 for 5 at the plate thus far, and his spring struggles, if they continue, could lead the team to go a different direction at the position this season.
Matsuzaka gave up three singles and a run in the first and a double in the second before a throwing error with two outs extended the inning. After the error, he surrendered a ground-rule double and another single before recording the final out. In competitiong for the final spot in the rotation, Matsuzaka has given up one earned run over two innings in each of his first two spring starts.
Pestano could eventually regain his previous role if he settles into the form that made him a premier setup man, but the Indians appear set with Cody Allen and Bryan Shaw in the late innings leading up to closer John Axford.
"Part of it is, he doesn't mind," manager Joe Maddon said. "You've got young players who really don't mind doing that. Just the mental part helps. They're not fighting it. They still would do it anyway, but the acceptance and willingness to do it helps somewhat."
Myers still has a ways to go with his defense, but the team continues to drill him and look for improvement.
"We're doing a lot of work [with Myers in the field]," Maddon said. "Drill work during camp, and he's already started to make some pretty good adjustments, I think."
Myers was named the AL Rookie of the Year last season after hitting .293/.354/.478 with 13 homers, 53 RBI and five stolen bases over 335 at-bats.
Kluber, who could wind up as the second starter behind Justin Masterson once the regular season begins, allowed just one hit during his stint and walked none.
Contrary to a previous report, the
Santana recently fired his agent and is looking to get a deal done before the regular season begins. It's possible the Phillies could have interest, especially with Cole Hamels suffering a setback with his shoulder injury, but the team hasn't touched base with Santana as of yet.
It was Lough's first action since Tuesday after injuring his foot in an outfield drill, but X-rays on the injury came back clean and the reserve outfielder was able to rack up four at-bats Friday and steal his second bag of the spring. He is 4 for 11 with three runs, one walk and one RBI thus far.
Perhaps his still unquenched desire to sign a contract extension has weighed on the mind of
Whatever the case, the monkey is off his back. He slugged an RBI double in a victory over Atlanta on Friday.